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Longstanding psychological theories posit a link between empathy and altruism. A new study of anonymous kidney donors finds these 'extraordinary altruists' show an increased overlap in neural responses to pain for self and others. These findings, alongside other recent studies of altruism, shed new light on the nature of selflessness.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.tics.2018.09.003

Type

Journal article

Journal

Trends Cogn Sci

Publication Date

12/2018

Volume

22

Pages

1071 - 1073

Keywords

empathy, exceptional altruism, left anterior insula, selflessness